Man Pulled From Waters in Ipan Dies; Crews Still Searching For Second Man


Waves overcome men fishing near reef line.

Guam – One man has died and rescue crews are still searching for another man in the waters off of Ipan. Two fisherman were swept out over the reef yesterday at first beach and crews have been searching for one of the men since. 


Yesterday afternoon at 3:55pm a 911 call was received about 2 adult male distressed swimmers. The Guam Fire Department, the Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and the US Coast Guard all responded immediately. “One person was recovered brought on shore CPR was conducted en route to naval hospital Guam,” said GFD PIO Lt. Ed Artero.

However, according to his step son John Rodriguez that person passed away. Rodriguez identified the man who passed away as 40 year old Joe Panaguiton. Lt Ed Artero says the man was not responsive when he was pulled from the water and not responsive when he was taken to the naval hospital. Rodriguez identified the other missing man as his brother 21 year old Gregory Rodriguez.

Rescue crews have been combing the waters off of Ipan since yesterday afternoon as they continue to search for Rodriguez. “Shortly after that we had our rescue boats in the area doing search they stayed all the way until about 8pm. U.S. Coast Guard kept their boat out all night then first thing this morning at first daylight Guam Fire Department rescue boat along with two jet skis and Guam Police also have a boat in the area doing surface searches at this time,” said Lt. Artero.

John told PNC that his brother Greg and their step father Joe were fishing near the reef line when Greg got his rod stuck. Joe then went to help him but the waves took them into the water.


Search efforts are continuing. Lt Artero tells PNC that the length of the search efforts depends on the conditions.